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The Kinect brought on a whole new kind of gesture controls, and the iPhone helped bring multitouch controls to the masses. Each is great at what they do, but there are drawbacks; with a touchscreen you have draw your finger across a relatively small surface, and most motion sensing technologies are still only accurate enough to detect your hand as a single entity.

Leap Motion, a startup out of San Francisco, wants to meld the two ideas together without any compromises. The company just announced its new 3D motion-control contraption, called The Leap, that it claims is accurate enough to detect touch-control gestures like pinch-to-zoom or capture your single-finger whipping action in a game of Fruit Ninja (take that, Kinect whole-hand sensing!).

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Looks like more of a gimmick to me but no doubt people will buy into it. I can't imagine how dead my arms would feel after scrolling through 100's of pages of OCN tongue.gif
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I still can't figure out why anyone would want to control anything on his pc by not resting his wrists on the desk.
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Actually that looks way beyond a gimmick. It actually looks viable for something.

What werethey using to detect it though. I see an Apple Display, or is is just a proof of concept.

I see it now, the first part of the video clipped off the first watch through.

Realistically scrolling through OCN wouldnt be bad just set the sensitivity to the same amount of motion that your currect scroll requires. Unless you have hyperscroll.
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Already pre-ordered for testing at work. wheee.gif
     
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Already pre-ordered for testing at work. wheee.gif

Nice biggrin.gif Be sure to let us know how it goes. IMO It just appears to be adding extra work to an already effortless task.
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Looks like more of a gimmick to me but no doubt people will buy into it. I can't imagine how dead my arms would feel after scrolling through 100's of pages of OCN tongue.gif

The mouse was once considered a gimmick. Just sayin wink.gif
     
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Originally Posted by wanako View Post

Already pre-ordered for testing at work. wheee.gif

$69.99 for pre-order?

Amazing. Definitely getting this when it comes out if it performs like the video.

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Nice biggrin.gif Be sure to let us know how it goes. IMO It just appears to be adding extra work to an already effortless task.
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Imagine the virtual boobies.

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[PCWorld] Leap Motion Wants to Make Gesture Controls More Aw... is what the news threads, I wanted to see whether it was awesome or awful. It's awesome, but not for current technology IMO. Now, once we have holograms? thumb.gif
    
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I still can't figure out why anyone would want to control anything on his pc by not resting his wrists on the desk.

I agree. Why in the world would I want to have to move my arms/hands/fingers to interact with a 2-D world accomplishing simple tasks. Gesture controls for an interactive simulated 3d environment? Okay, I could see that. For 2d? Nothing but a waste.

The comparison to multi-touch devices like the iphone is just a distraction. The reason you need multitouch on such a small touchscreen device is BECAUSE it lacks tradition input devices like a mouse-keyboard--so you have to reproduce that capability or compensate for it (and hence the multi-touch interface). No one I know (and of course that doesn't mean everyone) would prefer to use a multi-touch screen as opposed to a keyboard/mouse on their traditional computer.

Maybe 3-d gesture control could be useful for handheld devices, but I don't really see how it has an advantage beyond multi-touch screens. Maybe I'm just not a forward-thinking in those terms.
    
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I just pre-ordered one as soon as I saw it. Gimmick it may be but I can imagine it working really well with Windows 8.
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